When Forty Years Stoned was published, I dreaded the idea of doing any public speaking on behalf of it. Like lots of people, I didn’t have that kind of social confidence, or at least I thought I didn’t. Then I gave a couple of public readings, and they went well. I realized that I had been carrying around his outdated image of myself for decades, as a shy awkward kid from Detroit. But it didn’t fit the man I was now, fifty years later. I had acquired some charm along the way. So I got my speaking game together and practiced some riffs. Here are three clips of me enjoying the spotlight in late September at the Southern California Writers Conference in Irvine.